While driving south on Northeast County Road 315, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy Justin Tortora saw a tan four-door Jeep stopped in the northbound lane in the 13800 block of the roadway. The deputy noted in his report that the headlights were on and the front bumper was hanging off. As he approaced the Jeep, the deputy heard a sound as if the engine was being revved up and saw a man, later identified as Jeffrey Wallace Arnold, asleep in the driver’s seat.
The deputy knocked on the window and Arnold awoke and took his foot off the gas pedal. He was not able to roll down the windows, but opened the door.
The deputy smelled an odor of alcohol and saw an empty beer bottle on the floorboard of the passenger’s seat.
Arnold told the deputy he was trying to go home and knew his vehicle was in the middle of the roadway. He was unaware of the damage to the bumper.
Arnold failed to complete a field sobriety exercise and was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he registered .159 and .151 on blood alcohol tests. The state’s legal limit at which someone is presumed to be intoxicated is .08.